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Lanesboro School Board members to meet with Lanesboro Grocery, LLC

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board had a discussion about the grocery store at their meeting on July 21. Chairman Dave Ruen said a group of people in Lanesboro are working toward the goal of getting a grocery store in Lanesboro, and they have approached the school looking for some support. Ruen said they need to make a decision by this fall whether or not to go ahead with their plans, or it won't happen, and they are short of their funding.

Ruen suggested a couple of board members meet with the group and have a discussion about opportunities for the school and opportunities for their project.

Board member Snyder asked Superintendent Jeff Boggs what the legal restrictions are for a school to invest. Boggs affirmed that a school cannot invest in a business unless there is educational output. Ruen said there must be a direct link to a curriculum and has educational value for the students.

It was decided that the two board members on the Economic Development committee, Sara Decker and Lolly Melander, would meet with the group for a discussion and bring their recommendation to the August board meeting.

Ruen reminded the board that the group is short a large amount of money, but they should go into the meeting thinking about the pros and cons before they start discussing money. He added they must make sure they are interested before engaging the administration into putting time and energy into figuring out the finances. They must think about the students and their education first.

Snyder brought up a recommendation from the Lanesboro Ag Advisory Committee. He explained that an FFA group in the area had meetings with area agriculture people and other people in the community to analyze programs and get some input. They recommended the school hire an Assistant Coach to help students with extra-curricular Ag programs.

"If there's a time to try it, I think now's the time," said board member Dave Lawstuen.

Boggs said it could be a great opportunity, but they must figure out how much time this person would put in and how much pay they would get. He said the pay would be comparable to the pay of a sports coach. He added that he has a couple people in mind that might be willing to help out.

"I think it's a small investment to make for such big gains," said Decker.

The board agreed that Boggs should pursue this idea further.

Other Business

Boggs explained the USDA is forcing schools to increase their school lunch prices in an attempt to help. The board approved increasing all of the meals ten cents, and leaving the price of milk and juice alone.

The board approved a bid for milk from Ziebells, and the bid for bread from Sara Lee, which was the only bread bid received.

Substitute pay was set at $110 a day, a five dollar increase from last year.

The teaching contract for a new math teacher, Jared Pierce, was approved. A one-year contract for Brianna Zabel was approved for third grade.

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